- The International Criminal Court says it is examining the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria
- Fatou Bensouda, lead prosecutor of the ICC, disclosed this at The Hague, Netherlands, while presenting the annual report of the court activities for 2018
- ICC noted that from January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were killed and 300,000 displaced as a result of clashes between herders and farmers in five states
Fatou Bensouda, the lead prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), declared that the court has started examining the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bensouda made this known at The Hague, Netherlands, while presenting the annual report of ICC activities for 2018.
She said the ICC was examining available information to determine whether there was reasonable basis to believe that the crimes allegedly committed fall under its jurisdiction.
In the preliminary examinations report, which addresses many countries, including Nigeria, the ICC said from January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were killed and 300,000 displaced as a result of clashes between herders and farmers in five states.
The report stated: “From January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were reportedly killed as a result of violence between herders and settlers in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Taraba states and about 300,000 persons were displaced.
“Furthermore, the office received communications on attacks allegedly carried out by herders and Christian settlers in the context of the violence in Nigeria’s North Central and North East geographical zones.''
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore on Monday, December 3, cautioned the security agencies and civilians against attacking Malian herders grazing their cattle in Gudu and Tangaza local government areas of Sokoto state.
Alhassan Saleh, secretary-general of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, said the Malian herders’ presence in the country was nothing to worry about, as they were only grazing their cattle, a tradition he said they had been performing annually for the past 100 years.
He said: “Those people are not bandits; they are covered by the ECOWAS Protocol on Trans Human Movement to move across borders to graze their cattle. They have been doing that for over 100 years. They come during the dry season and leave later.”
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